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This Modern Apprenticeship helps employees develop the skills they need to work in social services for children and young people. It’s aimed at those with little or no experience, and to upskill an existing workforce.

After completion, apprentices will be qualified to carry out worker and practitioner roles in settings such as childcare, day care services, out of school care and residential care. Candidates may work in the private sector, local authority, third sector or NHS.

The qualification

SCQF level 7

Your employee will study for a qualification at SCQF level 7 in Social Services (Children and Young People)

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this apprenticeship but candidates should demonstrate a desire to work with children and young people.

Progression and development

Employees who complete this Modern Apprenticeship can progress to the Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF level 9. Alternatively, they can go on to study at master’s level in residential care, or undertake a professional development award or degree in childhood practice.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

See training contribution calculator below to determine funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employers to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

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The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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